College Magazine's Online Writing Course
ARE YOU ON THE PULSE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM TODAY?
Do you feel confident that you can engage any reader, any time on the Web?
Consider this your opportunity to learn all the secrets even your professor won’t teach you…
Join the Modern Journalist School 2019.
This 7-week online course will clue you into all the latest online journalism practices. To break into this industry, or even stay relevant in it, you need to understand what it takes to engage online readers.
Learn our proven writing system to write compelling articles and reach thousands of readers a month.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM
THE MODERN JOURNALIST SCHOOL 2019
SEVEN VIDEO TRAINING MODULES
Each week we’ll release a 20-minute video diving deep into the journalism and writing concepts you’ve heard about but never fully understood, like SEO, bulk activity, active voice and more. You’ll walk away with tangible takeaways, tips and tools that you can implement into your writing in real-time.
Get ready to take action. Coupled with the videos, we’ll release PDF worksheets that will get your creative juices flowing. You’ll apply the concepts you learned to get a head start on your next viral article.
College Magazine Editors will sit down and edit your work. As graduates of our training, they know exactly where to encourage you to elaborate and where to recommend cuts.
INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY OF JOURNALISTS
When you register for The Modern Journalist 2019, you’ll get lifetime access to our alumni community on Facebook. The Modern Journalist Community will be moderated by our editors, publisher and editorial director to give you real-time answers to articles you’re working on now.
BOTTOM LINE: VALUED AT $999, YOU CAN ACCESS THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND OPPORTUNITY FOR JUST $197.
The Modern Journalist School 2019 Syllabus
MODULE 1: RANK #1 ON SEARCH
Here at College Magazine, 80 percent of our traffic comes from search. What does this tell us? It proves that people navigate the Internet using search engines like Google, Yahoo Answers and more. Our first module breaks down how to use SEO to get more eyes on your articles. If your article doesn’t stand out, it can and will end up in the “black hole” of the Internet. (Hint: You can access Module 1 for free here.)
MODULE 2: LISTICLE
Listicles show up on our newsfeeds every day. Whether you’re writing a light topic like “15 Reasons Dogs Make the World Go Round” or a more serious article like “21 Signs You Need a Mental Health Day,” successful listicles all follow the same rules. Listicles are almost a genre on their own. We’ll break down what it takes to write a listicle that’s informative, not cheesy. Just because information is presented as a list doesn’t mean it’s not serious journalism.
MODULE 3: SHOW VS TELL
Immerse your readers in a new world: your article. Readers will feel more engaged with your article when they read about what you experienced versus what what you think about an experience. In Module 3, we’ll also cover all things sources. Because at the end of the day, quoting other people knowledgeable about your article topic adds credibility to your claim. And don’t worry—we’ll even give you email templates and cold call scripts so that potential sources will take you seriously.
MODULE 4: AUTHENTICITY & ACTIVE VOICE
Advertisements invade every second of our day, every space we walk into and every decision we make—probably. As writers, we easily fall into writing paragraphs that sound more like ad copy than an article. We’ll cover what it takes to write an authentic product feature without sounding like an advertisement. We’ll also tighten up each and every sentence you write by diving into writing in the active voice.
MODULE 5: EXPERTISE
You are an incredible writer. But we hate to break it to you—your wordsmith ways can only take you so far. To write the ultimate guide to anything for your readers, you’ll need to call in the experts. Module 5 will guide you to understanding when you need to bring in an expert source, and how to get as much insight and knowledge from them as possible.
MODULE 6: RANKINGS
Every module has lead up to this: the ranking. You will learn to command the authority and establish the credibility to write a ranking that readers actually trust. Your ranking may help someone make a monumental decision, so put serious effort into every step. We’ll walk through College Magazine’s Ranking Methodology step by step to help you write a ranking worthy of a million readers.
MODULE 7: STRATEGIC SOCIAL MEDIA
Let’s create a buzz around your articles. Being a Modern Journalist in 2019 means understanding how to leverage social media to get your work out there. Back when newsprint reigned, paperboys delivered journalists’ articles by hand. Now, you need to deliver your articles to your core readersso that they can spread the word exponentially. Luckily, social media’s interconnectedness makes this easier than ever.
BONUS: FOMO INTRODUCTIONS AND HEADLINES
All of the hard work you put into your articles is for nothing if your reader doesn’t stay on the page. Packaging your article with an irresistible title and a captivating introduction will make your readers feel major FOMO if they don’t finish the article. As a bonus, we’ll give you all of our secrets to writing introductions and headlines that induce FOMO, or “the fear of missing out.”
We've trained 1,000+ aspiring writers nationwide. Our graduates have gone on to careers at:
- Rachel Ray Magazine
- National Geographic
- Washington Examiner
- USA Today
- Random House
- Time Out New York
- Washingtonian Magazine
- Seventeen Magazine